Podcast: Industry insights – Ian Lees

Ian Lees, author of Becoming a Leader of Leaders, recently joined Overworked to Incredibly Impactful to share the inspiration behind his book, and to share his unique insights from over four decades of experience in leadership development.

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This is Overworked to Incredibly Impactful, presented by Being Leaders. In this podcast, we discuss the practices and tools that help you become more effective as a leader of leaders. Understanding that a leader-of-leaders role is a totally different job, there are many powerful steps that a leader can take to make the required and meaningful changes in their life.

Ian Lees, author of Becoming a Leader of Leaders, recently joined Overworked to Incredibly Impactful to share the inspiration behind his book, and to share his unique insights from over four decades of experience in leadership development.

Through his years of leadership coaching and facilitation, Ian has come to understand the intricacies and the significance of the leader-of-leaders role. As the foundation of his book, the leader-of-leaders concept represents a major shift in an individual’s role, as they now have a far greater responsibility. 

Having been at the forefront of the leader of leaders concept, Ian shared with Overworked to Incredibly Impactful, the key is to realise that you cannot continue with the same mindsets and practices that have worked for you previously when you move into bigger leadership jobs. 

“The big insight for me is that, up until then I just thought ‘leadership is just leadership’…it’s certainly different when you become a leader of leaders”, Ian said.

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Far too often, Ian suggests, leaders remain stuck in the detail of their people’s work. They fail to recognise their shift in responsibility and therefore begin to, inadvertently, micromanage their teams. This leads to burnout and frustration, and unnecessary stress for the leader and their teams. Whilst not recognising the change in your role can be detrimental, those who effectively make that transition can make an immense and positive influence on their people, states Ian.

“You have this whole other dimension (to a leader-of-leaders role), which is giving your leaders space to play and developing them as leaders. If you are effective and do it well, you can have an incredible impact…much greater than you think”, Ian said.

Ian Lees is an experienced leadership coach who has supported hundreds of leaders in the transition to a leader-of-leaders role. In his book, he shares the ideas and practices that have helped people successfully transition from professional contributor and team-leader to leading leaders. Check out Becoming a Leader of Leaders HERE.

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